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Had a fun but exhausting trip with my buddy, the Dentist, today. No tide and lots of wind from the East by 8am made fishing conditions tough today, but we caught PLENTY of fish. Unfortunately, only two made it in the ice chest, a 20' red and a nice flounder.

Caught the heck out of big GafTops on pearl minnow Gulp. Kept losing tails of the minnow to needlefish, though I managed to hook three. Also caught ladyfish, several limits of small reds (too small to keep), only a few 10' trout, croaker, pinfish and one 3 lb flounder. Interestingly, not a hard head cat was caught. Just fun fishing with a good friend - that's what it's all about!!!

Look forward to taking the Miss Kitti back out when conditions improve.

September 11 at 5:54pm

Tough day at Delacroix yesterday. Launched out of Sweetwater and headed toward Black Bay. High tide around noon, but water was still quite stained. Within an hour, water was moving out, full of moss and pretty dirty. Caught one bull red but couldn't keep the Gulp from the Gaftops. Water salinity tasted like 10 ppm, about like the potable water in Leeville. Only caught two trout which wouldn't reach 10 in. Caught a record Gaftop (smallest I've ever caught) on a 1/8 in jig & Matrix Shad (see pic). Bait was everywhere so I figured it was just a bad moon. That's why they call it fishing!!!

July 26 at 7:51am

Anyone know where you can buy a GOOD catfish flipper. I used to have some that were galvanized with a rubber grip. All I can find are the cheap H&H aluminum ones. Hasn't someone made them out of stainless??? Thanks!

July 04, 2015 at 8:16am

Gabriel, Michael & Hope Redmann from Destin, Florida, enjoyed a fantastic fishing trip out of Sweetwater Marina on June 16th & 17th, accompanied by their Dad, Major Kerry Redmann, III (USAF ret) and Grandpa Kerry Redmann, Jr. Uncle Kris Redmann guided them to small trout & drum Tuesday morning, with strong SE winds muddying the water requiring several relocations. The afternoon seemed more of the same, with the kids catching an interesting variety including croaker, stingray & a 4' garfish. However, Capt. Jack Payne III at Sweetwater Marina suggested a spot to take the children for fun with reds & drum Wednesday morning. This resulted in a large ice chest of reds & drum after two hours of constant action. Once the chest was filled, the children began catch & release during another hour of action. A great time was had by all!

June 19, 2015 at 7:29pm

Wanted to get some opinions on what folks think is the best light saltwater spinning reel - mainly for specs & reds. I know the Shimano Stradic is a fine reel, as I've fished with one for years. Kind of a flimsy drag, though-burned one up on the third bull red caught that day. Don't want to spend the bucks for a Stella-that price is ridiculous.

Have been pleased with the Fin-Nor megalite, but it's hard to get parts for them. Fin-Nor's Ahab 8 would be great, but I think it's too heavy. Haven't used a Van Staal. Daiwa's always made a great spinning reel, but I've lost track of the models. Would rather BUY AMERICAN! What do ya'll think???

August 09, 2012 at 10:16pm

Fished last week with meager results. Lots of pogies in the water. Gaftops, ladyfish & needle nose were everywhere. Wasted a lot of live shrimp. Caught very small trout & redfish, but it was a slack tide week. Will try again this week but methinks it?s still early.

September 16 at 9:03am

Yeah, a lot of good snakes get killed. Fussed with some guys that killed a Mississippi mud snake last spring. They thought it was poisonous because of bright coloring. Send contact number when you can and i'll give you a call. Slack tides this week as I found out yesterday. Busy the rest of the week myself. Regards!

September 12 at 6:56am
A comment titled: Re: When life gives you lemons in response to a report titled: When life gives you lemons

Sounds like a great day! congrats!

September 11 at 7:41pm

Hope to run into you sometime. Fish Lady P and the Rigolets. Turning 65 yo in February so we can talk Medicare also. Haven't fished Bayou Cane but it looks like fun. Hope to see you on the water!

September 11 at 5:41pm
A comment titled: Re: Sweetwater Marina in response to a report titled: Sweetwater Marina

Thanks for the honest report, Capt Jack. I always laugh when I see these guides give us a new report with pics of trout they used many times previously. We're not THAT stupid!

Look forward to next month at Sweetwater!

August 26 at 9:45pm

Amen to that! Get rid of them all!!!

August 26 at 3:50pm

Back in the '80's, I used to fish West Bay twice a week every other week. We caught large specs, croakers, bull reds, jacks & blacktips. Fishing was incredible. Then the pogie boats moved in. Within months, fishing went to the outhouse. When the boats left, a trail of dead fish 200 yards wide and as far as you could see remained. Nets are indiscriminate. They kill everything. Pogie boats should be outlawed!!!

August 14 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Pontchartrain Manatees in response to a report titled: Lake Pontchartrain Manatees

Saw a monster manatee today at about noon. My son first thought he was watching a giant garfish. I remembered your post and tried to get a picture but failed. We were fishing the shoreline in the Rigolets on the North side, about halfway between the Hwy 90 bridge and the L&N railroad bridge.

The manatee appeared to be 3-4 feet wide and at least 10' long. He came up by my boat, blew, and then subsurfaced. He had moss growing all over him, looked somewhat brown and had about a 2' wide fluke. He was huge. I got a good look at him from about 10 feet!

August 06 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Plan B Results 7 19 18 in response to a report titled: Plan B Results 7 19 18

Nice bass!!!!

July 19 at 4:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Happy Fourth of July America in response to a report titled: Happy Fourth of July America

Not to be too political, but the USA elected a good businessman to be President. I believe he's trying to 'Make America Great Again.' Much of what he says makes sense. As Americans, we need to get behind him. Everything he says or wants to do is fought against by most of the Democrats. America is not Democrats and Republicans, it's Americans. Democrats lost the election and should now try to help the country move forward - not bicker over every issue. It'll take a long time to drain the swamp and real, working Americans will be suffering through it. This country was created to help all people, not make millionaires of those that have 'served?' in Washington. Let's move forward, building something our grandkids CAN keep!!!!

God bless America!!!

July 04 at 2:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Big Bridge Results 7 3 18 in response to a report titled: Big Bridge Results 7 3 18

That makes supper!!!

July 04 at 8:42am
A comment titled: Re: First fish in response to a report titled: First fish

Fantastic! 'Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime!'


June 02 at 5:23am
A comment titled: Re: Right lure... Wrong reel? in response to a report titled: Right lure... Wrong reel?

Looks like it did fine to me. I prefer to use a reel with a bigger drag disk for reds, but, I find no fault with the job your reel did.

June 01 at 9:44am
A comment titled: Re: High winds and High water in response to a report titled: High winds and High water

Great job! Always important to take good care of 'foreigners' as the word gets spread nationwide. LA has the finest fishing in the world and you became an excellent ambassador. This is important for the industry and our image. Keep up the good work!

May 29 at 11:29am
A comment titled: Re: Gentlemen\\\\\\\'s Request: Eloi/MRG in response to a report titled: Gentlemen's Request: Eloi/MRGO

It's you and our military and police that need to be thanked. You folks let us sleep comfortably at night. You folks give the rest of us the security we feel in our homes, our offices and on our travels. Yes, our taxpayers' dollars support you, but we get way more than we pay for. Today, employers can't get that kind of dedication regardless of the salaries they pay. It is not America but our money-grabbing politicians who are unwilling to do more for you good folks in the armed services or the police forces.

It's the same type of money-grabbers who own the media and attempt to influence public opinion with their lies. We have a non-politico in the White House now, and, with God's help, he will eventually drain the swamp. But you can already see the uphill battle he's facing. And yet many Americans believe in the media and ignore their common sense - and what is so obvious!

Thank you again for your service! You've honored all of us more than you know!

May 28 at 1:18pm
A comment titled: Re: May 10, 2018 in response to a report titled: May 10, 2018

Great pics and the fishing sounds great, but where do you launch from. Most readers would like to know the area you're fishing (obviously, no specific spots).

May 10 at 3:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Sweetwater Marina in response to a report titled: Sweetwater Marina

Enjoyed our day out of Sweetwater on Monday. Reds were running and it took teamwork to land a 10# red when Francis rod shattered into three pieces. Lots of excitement!!!!

May 09 at 11:43am
A comment titled: Re: ELK LOAD in response to a report titled: ELK LOAD

In 7mm, I'd definitely go with the 175 gr in a Nosler Partition or Swift A Frame bullet. A premium, heavier bullet will provide better penetration should the animal not be standing perfectly broadside. The 7mm 175gr Nosler Partition is known for its excellent penetration and can be had in Nosler ammo or Federal Premium. Killing the animal isn't the problem, but finding it close with a good blood trail may be. Elk are very tenacious of life. Should a follow-up shot be required with the animal running away, a 'Texas Heart Shot' will require a bullet that stays together and has the weight to get to the vitals. Good luck on your hunt!!!

February 06 at 6:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Best trout reels? in response to a report titled: Best trout reels?

Check out eBay and find a Daiwa BG-15 or GS-15 in mint condition. It should be in your price range. Reels used to be made strong and heavy to last. The trend toward lighter reels removed most of that strength and longevity.

Truthfully, most of us winch in trout but that is not what the reel is for. A knowledgeable fisherman drags the fish toward him and reels in the slack, keeping tension on the line.

The pros who fish all day long promote the light reels, but most sponsors switch out the pros' reels regularly. You and I have no one giving us a reel to 'use' and spend our hard-earned cash to buy one. I'm so sick of the plastic junk on the market, I look for new condition reels made 20 years ago when I need one. I can't tell you how many graphite reel feet I've broken setting hooks or fighting redfish. Never had a metal or cast reel foot break!

November 05, 2017 at 3:27am

300 to 500 yards is pretty easy. Your Rem 700 can do that depending on your ammo, barrel and the bedding. I've found Weatherby Mark V's to be very accurate providing you use the Weatherby factory ammo made by Norma. Even if your rifle is outstanding, you need quality ammunition that the rifle likes!

As far as caliber goes, a 30-06 can be made to shoot at great distances. I had Ackley customize my Rem 700 to 280AI. I've had excellent results with it. I'm also fond of the ,270 Wby Magnum as a long-range cartridge. If you don't mind a little recoil, the .300 Wbg Magnum is outstanding as is its cousin, the .300 Win Mag.

Rifles need to be properly bedded, perfectly square, and have a concentric barrel. A good trigger is also required - I have had excellent results with the Rem 700 Walker trigger and the Weatherby Mark V trigger. If in doubt, a Timney replacement will only set you back $130 and takes no time to install.

As has been stated, an outstanding scope is required, though I've done well to 700 yards with a Leupold VX-3. Zeiss has very clear optics but they are expensive. I understand many of the long-range shooters are using NightForce. I have no experience with that.

Get accurate measurements from stand to stand and KNOW YOUR DISTANCES. Then plan on plenty of practice with premium ammo that your rifle likes. There's no substitute for practice. If you handload, so much the better.

You can't just buy accuracy. You can buy the tools to get you there. Going out and buying a new rifle expecting it to do what you ask is quite iffy. Having your favorite rifle(s) examined by a qualified gunsmith who understands the accuracy you're interested in would be my start. Let him explain the reasons one is the better and then discuss needs - new barrel, chamber, etc. Then find the ammo that rifle likes the best. When this is accomplished, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

October 27, 2017 at 6:31pm
Boutte, LA

Brand new 7' Kistler Helium LTA Drop Shot - Finesse Worm spinning rod. Special medium action X-Fast taper. $150 or trade for ??? Check Kistler's website and you'll be shocked at what these cost! FiveZero4-4584285

July 04 at 12:37pm
Boutte, LA

As the title states, no ring marks, scratches, etc. This scope is like new. $350 or trade for ??? (504) 458-4285

May 10 at 9:14pm
Boutte, LA

This is a Colt Custom Shop early 3rd Generation Single Action Army .357 Magnum purchased originally by me in the early 1980's. This package includes the revolver with original Colt box & paperwork. It also includes the original Colt grips which were replaced by Colt's Custom Gun Shop with those pictured, in addition to truing and timing work. These beautiful grip have yet to yellow! This beautiful revolver has a case-hardened frame with Colt's deep blue finish on the 5-1/2' barrel and cylinder. It has had 1/2 box of .38 Spls fired thru it, but has yet to see a .357 shell. If not for that, it would be almost new. $2200. Five044Five8428Five

February 12 at 5:52pm
Boutte, LA

Early German-made Weatherby Mark V Deluxe in 270 Wby Magnum. Outstanding long range rifle for deer to elk. Excellent condition. Will include 4-1/2 boxes of Weatherby Premium 150gr bullets ($75/box - $330 worth of ammo) for another $200. Additional pics sent on request. Scope selection available at extra cost. Rifle only $1200. FiveZero44Five8428Five

February 08 at 6:06pm
Boutte, LA

Set of Ruger ring/mounts for mounting scope on Ruger rifle. Ruger #3KTG. This is a set of low mounts in the stainless/gray finish. $55 5Zero44584Two85

December 26, 2017 at 10:55am
Boutte, LA

Excellently accurate, long-range Weatherby Vanguard 7mm-08 with synthetic stock. 24' barrel for optimal velocity of the 7mm-08 cartridge (minimal 120 fps more velocity than 20' barrel). Will add Leupold VariX-III 3.5-10 scope for $700 total.

$450 will take this like new rifle home without scope. (504) 458-4285

December 12, 2017 at 4:06am